Classroom Talks/Lectures

Yesterday I got to give two classroom talks about the startup (along with another cofounder). I didn’t realize until I was giving them, how long it’d has been since I was in a classroom talking to a bunch of students. It was a lot of fun giving the talks, and I think they both went quite well. We didn’t really practice, just set up our slides to sort of tell the story of our company, and then tailored what we said towards the two different groups of students.

I don’t know how much I’ve said about our product before, but we’re working on in the EdTech space, and our product is aimed to be used in classrooms in Elementary/Middle/Junior high schools, and so a group of university students are definitely not our target audience. Because of this, we actually didn’t talk much about our product, instead focusing on the journey and what resources are out there if any of the students were interested in possibly getting involved in a startup or starting their own. We gave them a demo at the end, just so they could see what we were actually doing, and we had some really great feedback about it.

Getting back into the classroom reminded me that I missed it. I miss TA-ing, and tutoring, and getting to give a random lecture. I’ve done so little of this over the past few years, that it’s probably kind of odd I miss it. But it was one of the reasons I did want to continue after my Masters. And I feel like now that I’m starting to see a hint of light at the end of the tunnel, why I was here, and what I should be doing is starting to weigh on my mind a lot more.

I don’t know if I’ll have a chance to actually teach (more because I’m not sure where I’d find the time), but I do think if the opportunity comes up I should really consider taking it – even if something else has to get pushed back. I’m starting to think that my path isn’t going to involve one job, but a combination, as I try to work on different things that interest me, like the startup and possibly teaching.

We get to give another talk to students (grad ones this time) next week. I was kind of dreading it when we originally agreed, but after yesterday, I’m looking forward to it.


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